smartphones http://kuow.org en A Call For Fair Phones And Conflict-Free Tech http://kuow.org/post/call-fair-phones-and-conflict-free-tech Despite his serene demeanor, Bas van Abel once got so furious, he smashed his 11-year-old's Nintendo DS. It wasn't his son's fault. It was the toy: Van Abel couldn't get it open.<p>An advocate of open design and a prominent member of the global maker community, van Abel lives by the motto "If you can't open it, you don't own it."<p>His fixation on understanding what's behind the objects we use every day extends beyond design to the sourcing of their components. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:31:46 +0000 Laura Secorun Palet 35707 at http://kuow.org A Call For Fair Phones And Conflict-Free Tech Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In http://kuow.org/post/health-your-smartphone-doctor-weighs <p>Ross Reynolds asks <a href="http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/publicaffairs/aboutbwh/LeadershipBios/Bates.aspx" target="_blank">Dr. David Bates</a>, physician at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, how consumers can navigate the <a href="http://research2guidance.com/the-market-for-mhealth-app-services-will-reach-26-billion-by-2017/" target="_blank">exploding marketplace</a> of<a href="https://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852662" target="_blank"> mobile health apps</a>. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:17:27 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 33549 at http://kuow.org Health On Your Smartphone: A Doctor Weighs In Microsoft Faces Challenge Bringing Nokia Business Into The Fold http://kuow.org/post/microsoft-faces-challenge-bringing-nokia-business-fold <p>Microsoft says its purchase of Nokia's mobile phone business is complete. The deal is meant to help Microsoft deliver a Windows phone to challenge Apple and Google. However the company said it's only the first step in a journey to bring the two organizations together as one team. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:52:37 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 33336 at http://kuow.org Microsoft Faces Challenge Bringing Nokia Business Into The Fold Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem http://kuow.org/post/using-technology-fix-texting-while-driving-problem On a Wisconsin street, a woman in a white hoodie stands frozen in the act of stepping out of the road and onto the curb, her left hand reaching behind her. As part of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0">a public service announcement</a>, she explains why she's there, as string music slowly plays under her voice.<p>"I had my brother in my hand, and all of a sudden my hand was empty," Aurie says as a car drives past. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 33213 at http://kuow.org Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem Does Another New IPhone Live Up To The Hype? http://kuow.org/post/does-another-new-iphone-live-hype <p>Two new iPhones are hitting the market later in September. The upscale iPhone 5S, and the cheaper iPhone 5C . But will the iPhone 5c be cheap enough?</p><p>There used to be a time when a new iPhone meant a jump in Apple’s stock. This time, not so much. Apple's stock fell 5 percent due to concerns that the new&nbsp; iPhone 5C is not cheap enough to compete with Google's Android phones, which currently lead the pack. Joining us to talk tech is Todd Bishop co-founder of the independent technology news site and online community<a href="http://www.geekwire.com/"> Geekwire</a>. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:50:51 +0000 Ross Reynolds 20160 at http://kuow.org Does Another New IPhone Live Up To The Hype? I'll See You As You Get There http://kuow.org/post/ill-see-you-you-get-there <p>Seattle Times tech columnist Monica Guzman <a href="http://kuow.org/post/your-smart-phone-you-can-quit-anytime-right">is back on the grid</a> and using her phone to help navigate the city. Guzman tells us about a smart phone app that helps her get where she needs to go with the least amount of trouble. The app is called <a href="http://www.waze.com/download/">Waze</a>.&nbsp; It incorporates user data and the more you drive, the better it gets. Ross Reynolds chats with Guzman about how she gets around town. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:54 +0000 Ross Reynolds 20146 at http://kuow.org I'll See You As You Get There Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap http://kuow.org/post/apple-unveils-new-iphones-one-innovative-one-cheap Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.<p>CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/">iPhone 5s</a> and <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone-5c/">iPhone 5c</a>.<p>The iPhone 5s will include Touch ID, a new home button that reads a user's fingerpri Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20071 at http://kuow.org Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile? http://kuow.org/post/will-microsofts-nokia-deal-shake-mobile Nokia was once the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, the most valuable company in Europe and an icon in its home base of Finland. But the rise of Apple and Android smartphones knocked the company on its heels.<p>Now comes news that Microsoft is <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/Sep13/09-02AnnouncementPR.aspx">buying Nokia's mobile phone business</a> for $7.2 billion. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:17:13 +0000 Renee Montagne & Steve Henn 19622 at http://kuow.org Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile? Tech Columnist Monica Guzman On Privacy And "Halfalogue" http://kuow.org/post/tech-columnist-monica-guzman-privacy-and-halfalogue <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans with smart phones has just exceeded the halfway point. But more fancy phones could mean more cell phone theft. A recent Harris Poll showed that one out of every 10 mobile phone users has had their phone stolen at some point.</p><p>Seattle Times Tech columnist Monica Guzman had an article in the Sunday paper about smart phone theft specifically. She’s also a writer for GeekWire, and she appears regularly on <em>The Conversation</em> to talk about the latest tech news. This time she discusses cell phones and “halfalogue” with David Hyde. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:52:02 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14728 at http://kuow.org Tech Columnist Monica Guzman On Privacy And "Halfalogue" Distracted Walking: How Your Smart Phone Could Be Your Literal Downfall http://kuow.org/post/distracted-walking-how-your-smart-phone-could-be-your-literal-downfall <p>According to a new study nearly 1 in 3 pedestrians is distracted by a mobile device like a smart phone when walking into high-risk intersections. Only 1 in 4 looked both ways before crossing the street. &nbsp;</p><p>David Hyde talks with&nbsp;Dr. Beth Ebel&nbsp;who was&nbsp;the lead author on the study. She directs the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research center at the University of Washington. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:16:07 +0000 David Hyde 5369 at http://kuow.org Distracted Walking: How Your Smart Phone Could Be Your Literal Downfall